Hippotherapy or Equine-Assisted Therapy
At Quest Therapeutic Services, we infuse our extensive physical, occupational, and speech therapy expertise into a unique form of treatment called hippotherapy or Equine-Assisted Therapy.
This type of therapy uses our well-trained horses as part of an overall treatment program to improve your child’s gross motor, fine motor, and communication skills.
More than just horseback riding, hippotherapy uses the rhythmic and repetitive movements of a horse to increase your child’s posture, balance, flexibility, strength, and coordination. The many textures, sounds, sights, and movement experiences of working around a horse provide an enriched sensory environment. Not only does your child gain from the physical benefits of being on a moving horse, but they reap the emotional and social rewards of interacting with a horse.
With guidance from a therapist, a horse can be a strong motivator for a child to speak and move, making hippotherapy an effective, comprehensive, and fun treatment approach.
Quest Therapeutic Services is the only full-time hippotherapy out patient center serving the Delaware Valley. (Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware). We adhere to all PATH safety guidelines and provide direct hands-on participation with your child at all times. Parents and caregivers can watch the seesions in process and they are always encouraged to be active participants in the overall treatment plan.
Benefits of Hippotherapy or Equine-Assisted Therapy:
Develops motor skills and coordination
- Improves balance
- Strengthens muscles
- Improves flexibility and joint mobility
- Increases head and trunk control
- Improves confidence and self-esteem
- Enhances communication skills
For more information about our programs and services, call 610-692-6362.